Development

Hard Data and Smart Power: the Future of U.S. Assistance to Afghanistan

April 14, 2014 by Mike Hartnett
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As the target date for U.S. military withdrawal in Afghanistan approaches, the United States risks a precipitous loss of influence in the region without a viable plan to transition from a military-heavy strategy towards one more focused on effective development assistance and smart power.

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Iran’s Women’s Movement: A Look Back and Ahead

April 9, 2014 by Leila Seradj
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Iran’s first champions of women’s rights understood that the denial of opportunities to females impeded economic progress. As this sentiment is being echoed today, Iran’s leaders must make good on its promises for greater gender equality.

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Jordan’s Response to Refugee Education Crises: Lessons from the Syrian and Iraqi Cases

April 7, 2014 by Zeina Siam
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As the Syrian crisis continues, education must be a critical component of Jordan’s refugee response, drawing on lessons learned from previous experiences with long-term refugee flows.

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Raising the Profile of Disability Rights: Obstacles and Opportunities

March 14, 2014 by Sarah Amin and Rachel Garaghty
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Despite the UN’s successful passage of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), development practitioners have yet to apply its powerful potential to address issues such as governance, economic development, and peace and security.

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The Death of Sisterhood Around the Globe

March 8, 2014 by Alison Wolf
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The rise of educated women around the world is a victory over historic discrimination. But the treatment of women as a homogenous group reinforces today’s trends towards greater social and income inequality.

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Mogadishu Myths

February 26, 2014 by Mary Harper
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As media coverage of Somalia moves away from strictly famine and war, the country has begun to be portrayed in a more positive light. However, this new spin may be equally unbalanced, neglecting realities on the ground.

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